Christmas traditions


When I was a teenager, my dad and step-mom were so excited to see us open our gifts on Christmas morning that they would wake my siblings and me at 4:30 a.m. — there is photographic evidence of this. This went on until I had a child of my own and finally told them I needed to start my own […]

Austin passes $1.2M budget

Austin City Council passed its projected 2018 general budget of $1,193,000 during its monthly meeting Tuesday night. The 2018 projected budget comes in lower than the 2017 amended budget of $1,934,420. The projected revenue for 2018 is $1,539,675, which is higher than the 2017 amended budget of $2,070,600 that includes a carryover of $162,000 from 2016. Mayor Bernie Chamberlain requested […]

Metroplan OKs highway plan

Officials advance plan to reconfigure Hwy.67/167 route to I-30 in LR, NLR.

By unanimously approving a pair of state Transportation Department resolutions on Wednesday, the Metroplan board of directors abdicated any further participation on the controversial 30-Crossing project, ceding power to the department subject only to the Federal Highway Administration and the environmental assessment. The so-called 30-Crossing project involves three interstate highways and the reportedly decaying I-30 bridge over the Arkansas River […]

Police Reports – Dec. 27, 2017

Sherwood •  Carl Carter, 57, was arrested on Dec. 10 after trying to enter his former home while drunk. Police were called at 12:09 a.m. to 4037 Willow Glenn Circle for a person trying to enter the house. Officers arrived to see Carter standing on the front porch holding several pieces of clothing. He was using the wall to hold […]

Obituaries – Dec. 23, 2017

Angelita Lang Angelita Roman Jessee Lang, 53, of Cabot went to be with her Lord on Dec. 20. She was born May 6, 1964, in Angeles City, Philippines, to the late Picasso and Rosario Roman. She was a faithful member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville. She is survived by her loving husband, Gene Lang; her children, […]

Mayor inducts 2 new officers

The latest recruits are sworn in by Fletcher in a ceremony on Friday.

New police academy graduates Joshua Isom and Heather Rappold didn’t know each other when they started out in the academy 13 weeks ago, but they discovered they had a connection besides both going to work for Jacksonville. Rappold, 31, who went to high school in Dover (Pope County) and is now raising two boys in Cabot, worked at Walgreen’s before […]

Lonoke council OKs purchases

$205,000 for mosquito control, insurance, drain, street lights, fence, more.

The Lonoke City Council approved $205,000 in purchases during its recent regular meeting. The council approved an ordinance to purchase $105,256 in mosquito control chemicals and supplies from Clarke in St. Charles, Ill. The chemicals are being sold at a reduced price for a limited time and are needed for the city’s mosquito-control services. The city council passed an ordinance […]

Strategies for Christmas gifts

When it comes to Christmas gifts, “uselessness” is more appreciated than “useful,” and people do judge a book by its cover or a present by its wrapping. That’s according to the findings, which appeared in the New York Times recently, of preeminent scientific groups—better known as geeks, nerds and techies. So what did these scientific studies show? First, according to […]

Little girl tells Santa her Christmas wish for Christmas


(This is my perennial Christmas column from 31 years ago.) When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they’d put an ad in the paper at Christmastime saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place. There’d be a group of Santas going out every night, and Sallee was among them. “Each Santa went […]

No white Christmas in the area this year

Central Arkansas has celebrated a snowy holiday 14 times since 1885.

What are the chances of a white Christmas this year? None. But come Christmas morning, the rain will be gone. Two and a half inches fell this week, lifting all burn bans. The clouds will be giving way to sunshine and a cool high temperature of 44 degrees. The northern one-third of the nation has a very good chance of […]